Clinical Leadership Fellowships 2012 – Closed for applications

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Please note: Applications for this year’s Clinical Leadership Fellowships are now closed.

The National Clinical Leadership Fellowships, sponsored by the NHS Leadership Academy, is the only scheme designed for clinicians in all areas of the NHS across England.

It builds on the very best leadership development and offers a bespoke approach to clinical leadership challenges.

The scheme offers clinicians a unique opportunity to develop their personal leadership skills, career, and contribution to improving patient care.

Current fellowship participants have said:

“I am enjoying and feel I am benefiting immensely from the programme so far. I return from each module more informed and inspired to improve my service for the benefit of patients.” Claire Ellwood, pharmacist from East Midlands

“The programme has been a real catalyst to my development as a clinical leader and at a crucial point in my career and involvement in service transformation. The mentoring, supervision and high-level expert teaching have had a clear and positive impact on my ability to drive and influence complex service change at a challenging time for the NHS.”
Dr Paul Brown, from the North East

“The clinical leadership fellowship provided me with useful skills and knowledge from the outset. I have gained insight into practical tools that can help facilitate service development, improving the standards of care that my team provides.”
Karen Tomlin a nurse from East Midlands

Deborah Chafer, National Programme Director for Clinical Leadership Fellowships said “Now is the time to recognise that clinicians are not only experts in their professional field but also leaders and deliverers of our services. This scheme supports their learning and development and helps realise their potential in leading health services and improving patient care.”

Each individual selected will have access to a bespoke leadership development course, aligned to their clinical service, and of direct benefit to patients within the context of the Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) agenda.

Individuals will need to demonstrate both a talent for leadership but also an ambition to further develop wider leadership skills in the service of the NHS. We are looking for clinicians who think innovatively, have a burning ambition to lead change, and want to improve an area of service.

The Clinical Leadership Fellowships are part of the work led by the NHS Leadership Academy to develop outstanding leadership in health.

The NHS Leadership Academy is the new national NHS hub for leadership development and talent management, and a centre of leadership excellence for all clinical and managerial staff working in the NHS, or providing care funded by the NHS.

The NHS Leadership Academy is keen to attract people from as diverse a range of backgrounds and professions as possible within the NHS in England.

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Double gong for NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme

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Scheme voted country’s most popular in public and HR sector by prestigious awards.

The NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme has been recognised as the country’s most popular in two hotly-contested national awards. The accolades were based solely on thousands of votes by final year university students.

The Scheme is a comprehensive training programme that aims to equip graduates with the expertise needed to become successful leaders in the NHS. Challenging work placements enables graduates to develop the skills and confidence required to lead the ongoing transformation of NHS services.

On 4th April the Scheme was voted the most popular graduate recruiter in the public sector in 2012 by Target Jobs. The awards event is the largest student-driven graduate recruitment awards in the world, with nearly 100,000 students voting for organisations in fourteen sector categories. This is the second year in a row that the Scheme won the accolade, beating off other popular public sector graduate recruiters such as Civil Service Fast Stream and the Security Service (MI5).

Less than a month earlier (Tuesday, 27th March) the Scheme was voted the Graduate Employer of Choice in Human Resources at The Times Top 100 Graduate Recruitment Awards 2012. These prestigious awards are based on the results of an unprompted poll of more than 17,000 final-year students from the top 30 universities in the UK.

Trainees of the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme (including the Human Resources Management programme) are available for interview.

Head of the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme, Alex Bush, said: “We are absolutely delighted with these awards and pleased that the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme is continuing to be recognised as one of the most popular schemes in the country.

“The NHS Graduate Management Trainee Scheme has long been the graduate training scheme of choice, and the recent accolades show that it still leads the way in graduate recruitment.  Already, the Scheme has helped start the careers of some of our most outstanding leaders in the NHS, including the current NHS Chief Executive Officer, Sir David Nicholson.

“What makes these awards that extra bit special is that they were voted for by prospective trainees themselves – showing that the NHS is still a recruiter of choice for many graduates.”

To find more about the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme visit or follow the Scheme on Twitter: @NHSGradScheme

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National centre of excellence for NHS leaders opens

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A world class national centre designed to produce and inspire current and future generations of NHS leaders to drive improvements in patient care, has been launched.

The NHS Leadership Academy will help develop outstanding leadership in order to improve patients’ experiences, their health outcomes and their wellbeing.

To do this it will work with doctors, nurses, health professionals and managers from across the NHS. It will also work with public health and social care, and with local government, where Health and Wellbeing Boards are key to improving health and care outcomes.

Secretary of State for Health Andrew Lansley unveiled plans for the Academy in July last year.

NHS Chief Executive Sir David Nicholson said the Academy would be critical to delivering the strategic shift in leadership needed for the NHS in the coming years.

He said: “The ethos is simple. NHS success is dependent on great leadership right across the service, across clinicians and managers.  Great leaders create working climates where people working with them feel engaged, empowered and satisfied. Those people in turn have a direct positive impact on patients’ experiences and their health outcomes. Everyone working for, with or on behalf of the NHS has a crucial role to play in this, as we focus on our purpose of improving health outcomes for our patients.”

“We face huge challenges across the world of health, social care and public health. Our leaders must be better equipped and more innovative than ever before. Vitally, they must be able to work in an integrated way across health and social care, to make sure people have a consistently good experience of our services.

“Developing outstanding leadership has never been more important than now.”

Jim Easton is Director of Transformation for the NHS Commissioning Board.

He said: “The Academy will provide expertise and support to help the leaders we have now. At the same time it will support the development of a new generation. They will steer the NHS into a future which builds on our existing strengths and adds new ones, championing clinical leadership, inclusion, equality and diversity, and encouraging innovation.

“People will be able to access this learning and support from an ‘entry’ level to the most senior and experienced leaders. The Academy will give them all tools, techniques, support and behaviours to help them engage and enable their staff, partners and patients, as well as continually improving standards.

“’With change at a scale and pace the NHS has never seen before, the fundamental difference between success and failure is the calibre of leadership.”

Peter Lees FRCS MRCP, is Founding Director of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management. Its aim is to promote the advancement of medical leadership, management and quality improvement at all stages of the medical career, for the benefit of patients.

He said: “The Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management believes the evidence that good leadership improves the quality of patient care; we are setting the standards for good medical leadership and will help all doctors to enhance their leadership skills through strong partnerships with the Medical Royal Colleges and NHS partners.

“We, therefore, welcome the timely establishment of the NHS Leadership Academy and look forward to a very constructive working relationship.”

NHS Confederation chief executive Mike Farrar said: “The NHS faces a number of major challenges over the coming years which will require strong leadership and brave decisions.

“If we want the service to be the best it can be for patients, it is essential we provide senior leaders with the appropriate forum to come together and use their knowledge and skills to tackle the big issues.

“The NHS Leadership Academy will provide a useful platform to help establish collaborative and  innovative approaches to healthcare, and embrace the talent and ideas of our future leaders.”

The Academy launches its new website ( with video stories from some of the NHS’s most inspiring clinical and managerial leaders about their work and its impact on the NHS and patients.

These include high profile former winners of the prestigious NHS Leadership Recognition Awards talking about their work and the impact it has had on patients and the NHS.

The Academy has four main areas of work:

Developing the approach to leadership: defining and promoting what good leadership looks like, based on the recently developed Leadership Framework; setting national standards for leadership development and talent management with frameworks and toolkits; rewarding and recognising outstanding leadership (the 2012 NHS Leadership Recognition Awards are being run by the Academy and nominations have now opened

Providing and commissioning a range of cutting edge national programmes: in total these will make up the single largest training programme for leaders in the world and culminate in the professionalisation of leadership in the NHS. They include: the Graduate Management Training Programme for the most outstanding new graduates; Breaking Through to support leaders from BME communities; Top Leaders for those in the most senior roles; the Clinical Leadership Fellowship Programme, along with career development programmes with different entry levels for different staff

Supporting the development of local leadership capability: providing expert support for local NHS and key partner organisations to sustain and promote leadership in their area

Supporting changing and developing parts of the NHS system: developing shared leadership approaches with local government and providers of NHS services; providing frameworks for Foundation Trust governors and Clinical Commissioning Group development; supporting leadership for innovation and QIPP


  • From April Jan Sobieraj, Managing Director of NHS and Social Care Workforce, will be interim Managing Director of the Academy. Karen Lynas, Director of Leadership at the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement and Director of NHS Top Leaders, will be interim Deputy Managing Director/Head of Programmes
  • The Academy’s small core team, supplemented by a faculty and associates, will be in place in the next three months
  • It will be steered by a Programme Board bringing together senior members of the Academy with representatives from different partner organisations
  • It will work with a network of organisations including patient representatives, professional bodies, regulators and key contributors to national thinking on leadership
  • It will be owned by the NHS for the NHS, with sponsorship from all parts of the system and, over time, other partners
  • It will be based in Leeds